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dawn

[dawn] /dɔn/
noun
1.
the first appearance of daylight in the morning:
Dawn broke over the valley.
2.
the beginning or rise of anything; advent:
the dawn of civilization.
verb (used without object)
3.
to begin to grow light in the morning:
The day dawned with a cloudless sky.
4.
to begin to open or develop.
5.
to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on):
The idea dawned on him.
Origin of dawn
1150
before 1150; Middle English dawen (v.), Old English dagian, derivative of dæg day; akin to Old Norse daga, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dagen, Old High German tagēn
Related forms
dawnlike, adjective
undawned, adjective
Synonyms
1. daybreak, sunrise. 5. appear, occur, break.
Antonyms
1. sunset.
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  • It dawned on me, too, that God need not necessarily be to me what He is to others, nor to others what He is to me.

  • He felt thankful when the morning dawned, and it was time to rise.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • It dawned upon him that this was, indeed, not a common crook.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And suddenly it dawned upon him that all this was an elaborate joke.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • It was our Daisy, robed like a princess, who dawned upon our vision.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for dawned

dawn

/dɔːn/
noun
1.
daybreak; sunrise related adjective auroral
2.
the sky when light first appears in the morning
3.
the beginning of something
verb (intransitive)
4.
to begin to grow light after the night
5.
to begin to develop, appear, or expand
6.
usually foll by on or upon. to begin to become apparent (to)
Derived Forms
dawnlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dagian to dawn; see day
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Word Origin and History for dawned

dawn

n.

1590s, from dawn (v.).

dawn

v.

c.1200, dauen, "to dawn, grow light," shortened or back-formed from dauinge, dauing "period between darkness and sunrise," (c.1200), from Old English dagung, from dagian "to become day," from root of dæg "day" (see day). Probably influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dagning, Old Norse dagan "a dawning;" cf. also German tagen "to dawn"). Related: Dawned; dawning.

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Idioms and Phrases with dawned

dawn

In addition to the idiom beginning with
dawn
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